The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on Friday rejected the United Nations Security Council rotating seat. Saudi authorities cited “double standards” that made it hard for the 15-member body to end conflict and wars as the reason behind the decision.
“The kingdom sees that the method and work mechanism and the double standards in the Security Council prevent it from properly shouldering its responsibilities towards world peace,” the foreign ministry said in a statement carried by state news agency SPA.
This, the ministry said, enabled Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime to perpetrate the killings of its people, including with chemical weapons, without facing any punishment.
Saudi Arabia has backed the Syrian rebels fighting Assad, while it has also criticised the international community for failing to halt the civil war in Syria.
The Kingdom was elected into the Council alongside Nigeria, Chile, Chad and Lithuania on Thursday.